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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (June 30, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452262542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452262546
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Geneen Roth is a writer and a teacher who has gained international prominence through her work in the field of eating disorders. She is the founder of the Breaking Free workshops, which she has conducted nationwide since 1979. She is also the author of Feeding the Hungry Heart, Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating, and When Food is Love. A frequent guest on television and radio programs, she has written for and been featured in Tie, Ms., New Woman, Family Circle, and Cosmopolitan. Her poetry and short stories have been published in numerous anthologies. Born in New York City, she now lives in northern California.

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Geneen Roth is the author of the bestseller, When Food is Love and seven other books. She has conducted workshops for over thirty years and has lead retreats for the past ten.

Roth is a frequent contributor to many publications including Salon.com, Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping and has appeared on numerous national shows from Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America, and The View, to Primetime Live and NPR's Talk of the Nation.

Customer Reviews

Highly recommend this to anyone who is struggling with their weight loss.
KAKingston
She has a great grasp (from experience) of what it takes to overcome the vicious cycle of compulsive eating.
D. Wagner
She's a great writer and her approach is wonderful, full of gentle affirmation and positivity.
R. Lynn

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187 of 187 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Roth has created a wonderful, insightful compilation of exercises which, when combined with a lot of hard work on your part, can change your life. She will change your feelings about yourself and about why you eat. The exercises take a long time to get through because they are so emotionally demanding, but it is a worthwhile process. If you are ready to take a hard look at what really motivates you to open your cupboard, and examine those dark feelings you hide even from yourself, buy this book.
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154 of 159 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
When I saw that this book was a "companion" to the "Breaking Free...", I said 'yeah, right...clever ruse to make more money'. OK, I was wrong. This book reaches inside, grabs ahold, and drags untouched feelings to the surface, kicking and screaming the whole way. This is a MUST READ for anyone who is serious about the topic of compulsive eating. AND THIS BOOK IS NOT JUST FOR FAT PEOPLE! Anyone who is concerned with better health and self-control, or who just might have been "spoken to" by the mere notion or plain curiousity, needs to devour this book. It is life changing material, yes it is!
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1997
Format: Paperback
Geneen Roth has a deceptively simple idea to offer her readers. She's not advocating some ridiculous fad or some new diet plan. Instead, Geneen's idea is that through years of cycling through diet and deprivation followed by bingeing, we have lost touch with our innate sense of when we are hungry or full. It is only by learning how to listen to our bodies that we can finally get out of the madness of compulsive eating and regain peace and control in our lives.
In this book, Geneen Roth takes this concept which she has previously outlined one very important step further: it is broken into simple steps and exercises. The book is in workbook format to help us on our journey towards learning how to identify true hunger and nourish ourselves. The exercises help the reader to really focus on each step.
Geneen's views on compulsive eating are truly a breakthrough in our diet culture. Her ideas are a welcome relief from the constant bombardment of new diet plans which ultimately fail. Geneen leaves us feeling good about who we are regardless of size and making us realize that our compulsive eating is not crazy nor is it incurable
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
Having struggled with an eating disorder for the past 10 years of my life, I was certain that I would never have a healthy relationship with food again. But, then a good friend gave me Geneen's book, and I have not looked back since on those doubtful thoughts. This is a truely incredible program that, when followed and supplemented with Geneen's books "When Food Is Love" and "Feeding the Hungry Heart", can and will take the word "diet" out of your vocabularly forever. I have never felt better about myself and have never actually lost weight while still eating anything I wanted.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
What you would never tell about your eating disorders are told by Ms. Roth and others int this book that makes it okay to talk about these problems that so many of us have. Ms. Roth is the world's #1 spokes person on this subject. She is so cleanly real and tells all just the way you have always felt but never dared tell even your dearest friend. You are not alone in the way you abuse yourself with food and finding out that others have gone through it too is incredibly freeing and the only way to heal and go on. Anything Ms. Roth writes is excellent as she has not only lived these things, but is an excellent writer as well.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Maria on June 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I love this book. I'm actually still doing the exercises in the book. I believe there are almost 90 exercises. Geneen requires you dig deep. The first few days of doing the work, I was a mess. I have used food to not deal with my emotions for so many years, that it actually brought me back to my emotional self as a teenager. My first diet started when I was 15 at 102 pounds! I had went over that 100 pound mark then, started my first diet, and never dealt with my emotions after that unless it involved food. I'm almost 40 years old now and thought this vicious cycle would never end. The more I dieted and deprived myself, the more I weighed in the end.

My mom told me about Geneen Roth when I was in my early twenties and she stopped dieting then and never struggled with food since, but I couldn't give up that the next diet would be the miracle that I needed! I was at most lowest point recently and read another book of Geneen's 'When Food Is Love.' I was hooked! That book was a great read, but this allows you to do the work.

I've finally given up the word 'diet' in my vocabulary, in my life.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By GreenEggs-N-Ham on June 10, 2010
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I'm an emotional eater, and I got onto Amazon looking for a good book to help me through it. Luckily, something by Geneen Roth caught my eye and in the reading samples, I saw that she is amazingly insightful and compassionate. After evaluating several of her titles, I decided I wanted an action-oriented book so chose this workbook.

I'm really glad about that decision. The chapters are filled with insight and exercises that help you untangle your emotions that lie behind the emotional eating. The chapters are long and the exercises, numerous. This is good, because you don't want a rehashed lecture in quickie trade paperback form. You want a workbook that helps you *work through*.

One other note: You need to be able to write when you do these exercises. So either get the hard copy book or get ready to do a lot of journalling if you use your Kindle (which is what I'm doing). With the Kindle version, obviously you can't directly reproduce charts, but you find the exercise questions and directions are clear enough that you don't lean on the graphic versions.

Real life example of this book at work: Yesterday I had a horrible day and because I read this book, I consciously decided to make spaghetti carbonara - my favorite dish - instead of bingeing on cookies. Then I sat down to consciously eat each bite - and it was hard to do that! I really wanted to distract myself with reading and zone out. But while closing my eyes, I could really experience the food and actually felt pretty satisfied halfway through the bowl. So after filling my senses with what I was doing, instead of using food as a vehicle for numbing out, I didn't need more and I didn't feel like bingeing. This book made that happen and I think it will continue having that kind of positive effect.
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